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My neighborhood has a good reputation : Associations between spatial stigma and health

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posted on 2023-08-05, 13:11 authored by Emma Tran, Kim BlankenshipKim Blankenship, Shannon Whittaker, Alana P. Rosenberg, Penelope Schlesinger, Trace S. Kershaw, Danya E. Keene

Health researchers increasingly recognize the influence of spatial stigma, or negative reputation of place, as a social determinant of health. Drawing from a New Haven-based cohort study (n = 251), we assessed the relationships between spatial stigma, self-rated health, and psychological distress using generalized estimating equation models. Adjusting for neighborhood-level poverty and racial composition, those who perceived living in spatially stigmatized neighborhoods were significantly more likely to report severe psychological distress compared to those that did not perceive their neighborhoods to be stigmatized (B = 1.09, CI: 0.31, 1.87). Our findings contribute to a growing body of literature that suggests that socially constructed meanings of place may influence health.



Health and Place


Health and Place, Volume 64, July 2020, Article number 102392.


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